Tigers in town for a quick two game series after pummeling the Twins last week in 3 out of 4 games. Twins feeling a bit better about themselves after a decent showing against a good Phillies team so hopefully the good vibes continue. Also Royce Lewis back up after his injury. I really want him to continue to mash like he did before the injury.
Bailey Ober on the mound for the Twins and Alex Faedo for the Tigers. Probably the Twins inability to do much against Faedo last week was one of the biggest disappointments of that Motown visit. I'm thinking the ass bats were left in Detroit and ol' Alex Faedo will get a rude welcome here in Minneapolis
Game time at 6:40 and looks like an absolute gorgeous night for baseball.
Wow, what a difference a week makes. Last Tuesday at this time we were all grumpy about the Twins, their lack of movement at the trade deadline, uninspired baseball, and inability to take advantage of an historically bad division. Now the Twins are riding high off a 5-game winning streak, the bats are responding and all of a sudden the Twins are sitting on a 5.5 game lead. Also they now have a better record than both the Yankees and Red Sox.
Sonny Gray on the mound for the Twins coming off his first win since April. Eduardo Rodriguez for the Tigers. He is arguably their best starter and has put up decent stats. I'm a little worried the still strikeout prone Twins batters may add to his healthy K/9 totals.
Game time 5:40
After a sweet sweep of the D-backs, the Twins hit the road for four games in Detroit. Hopefully the streak continues. Games are going to start a little early this series so all you old timers should be able to make your bedtimes.
Twins are in the middle of a busy schedule, playing 16 games in 17 days. 13 of those games have been/will be on the road (though let's all forget about that series in KC). After Detroit we head to Philly, but then the schedule eases back a bit with a chunk of home games and a bit more rest.
Tonight, Pablo López takes the mound for the Twins following a couple decent performances (including one I got to see in person at Busch). Joey Wentz, recently called back up from Triple A, will start for the Tigers. He hasn't had much luck this year as a starter, including against the Twins when he was in the rotation earlier this year. It sounds like he was being used for long relief in the minors, so he might not go too long in this game no matter what, but let's try to force the issue.
Twins baseball before noon for those in the Central time zone. I assume Gophers football has a game at Comerica later today or something.
Bailey Ober takes on Michael Lorenzen.
The best Tiger player for your future Immaculate Grid constructions is probably Jake Marisnick who's on his 8th big league team this season.
If we lose this series to the Tigers on top of the one last week ... well, that won't be great.
The Twins are trying to extend a winning streak so modest it's wearing a parka over another parka.
Lopez is the guy to do it if ever there was one. Let's go, Lopez! Let's get this winning streak a little....scandalous. Can we get a dizzying second game over .500?? The mind positively reels.
Let's see if these frustrating goofballs can get back above .500
a rare 6:10 non weekend home start time
In the standings Detroit are closer to the Twins (7 games back) than they are to the Royals in last place (10 games up )
Matthew Boyd goes for the Tigers, he has 2 decisions in his last 4 starts (0-2). Sonny Gray gets the nod for the Twins, he has 1 decision in the his 7 starts (0-1)
Byron Buxton is back. and batting cleanup. We almost got a full lineup on our hands! With just Jorge Polanco still on the IL.
Joe Ryan been pretty good against AL Central teams